Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the Western Regional Minister, has called on members of the local assemblies to get acquainted with the various articles of the Local Governance Act to enable them execute their duties effectively.

ConstitutionHe said there is the need pay particular attention to Article 245 of the 1992 constitution and Local Governance Act (2016) Article 936.

The Act, he said, categorically spelt-out the functions of a District Chief Executive which include presiding over meetings of the executive committees of the district as he is the chief representative of the central government in the district.

Dr Afriyie said this when he swore into office Mr Anthony Sam, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive.

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Mr Sam, 59, took the official oath of allegiance and secrecy.

Dr Afriyie said as spelt out by the LI establishing the district assembly it is the responsibility of the MCE to mobilize internally generated funds for all development initiatives.

He urged the MCE to approach all matters addressed to his office with caution and serve as a role model to all in the community.

Dr Afriyie said his appointment as an MCE was a call to serve and not an opportunity to lord over the people who have vested their mandate in him.

He urged him to practice an open door policy, be transparent and accountable to his people , adding “you must solicit ideas, opinions and best practices on all issues from traditional authorities and other stakeholders”.

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He called on the team to work together to ensure that all on-going projects are completed on schedule.

Mr Sam, an educationist, thanked God for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of the metropolis and promised to operate an open door policy.

He said he was ready to accept all contributions in the effort to help make the metropolis a true oil city.

Mr Sam said his vision for the area was to help achieve the campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party for the region.

In this regard, he urged all to give him the needed support to execute his mandate as stated in the Local Governance Act 936.

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